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Elder J. GUNN, Moderator. 
Elder W. W. WILHITE, Clerk. 
Deacon C. GIBSON, Treasurer. 



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FRIDAY MORNING, S.ptkiibi* 30, 1859. 4 
The Delegates composing the 40th Annual Session of the Muscle .Shoal. Baptist Association. ■ 

^f^^Ei^^^fy^ ^-^^ Text: ^Chapter, 
and 2nd Verso of Revelation. , 

4LT^ZSZ^Z^^i,^\^ .onto, -d the A-*— pto- 

Proceeded to elect Elder J. GUKK, Moderator, end Lldcr WW. Wn.im.Uerk , 

I Appointed a committee on devotional exercise*, ra : A. Horn, A. G. (to, fc. K. S"»tT. . 

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Xh were received, and the hand of fellowship extended by the » Modsrator. 

Called for ^ponding Letters and a Letter wasg.vcn ,n fro. B,g ^^A-~ 

■^^ll^tS^^^^g^ Association, borne by Elder M. F«»«r. 
InvxteJ ^'visiUng BreK I seats in the Association, and the nvitat.on was accepted by 
Elders Ball, and 6 BooT,i-Elder Ball, Agent for Domestic and Indian Missions, Elder Booth, 
Agent for Foreign Missions. . • 

Appointed Committees, as f61lows : ' .;' . 

* o5 P &M«* ScAoofc.-J. Shackelford, J. B. Speak M W. Mays. . > ' 

i» On Documents.— M. Finney, J. P. Cra.£, C. L. Wilhite .^ v • 

. • On Jb«»y» If?*«on..-T. Nicholson, W. Right. B. M. Stephen.. ■ . • 

.. Onthe SMe of Rdigion.-T.Gvoe^ A^yJiunn J Fie^ • 

On Education.— Vf. J. Thompson, ,D .Fowler P. II. Mays. t . 

m On Finance.— M. W. Mays, J. C Halbrook, C..Gibson. * .; 

i On Domestic Missions.-U. A. Verser, J . R. Lynn . M. F innfY. * 

On 2em.pffance.-W. II. Musgrove, G. L. Brown, C. B. ^ iljnte. . - » 

Adjourned to meet to-morrow morning, 9 o'clock. Prayer by Elder Ball. 



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SATURDAY MORNING— October 1st— 9 o'clook. Prayer by Elder Field.. ■• •' 

Ani^nt«I the next Association to beheld with the Moulton Church, Lawrence County, Ala., , 
on pffiy befor: ^he IslTabbl in October, 18G0_Elder J. Gunn to preach the Introductory. 

E %&S$W^£^«* Association of Tennessee, and North Alabama, vi« J^- 
I. N P Cen W Rfght, A. Houk, W. A. Gilbert, WAV. Wilhite, J Gunn, J Shackleford 
Appointed Delegates to Sister Associations, as followsr-Ib f'^i^-V^ &£. 
Stanley W. W. Pecrson. North River :-G. L. Brown, II. Cornelius, W. Right, J. Fields^- 
Judsonl— T. Green, W. A. Gilbert, B. Roden. ..,.'."* 

> Moved and carried that this Association correspond with the Ten Island f ■f«f t » on -" W ■ 

! Right, II. Cornelius, J. K. Lynn, J. Fields, ***0%*^J&&£, ft J* DnionMoet- 
Appointed a Committee to ascertain the times and places of holding the next Union Meet- 

J. ingsW. Fields, M. A. Verser, J. P. Craig, E. Ellett. y t \ * ;> ! € 

The Report on Documents was read and adopted : . - , • f 

/ ' . : ' REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. ''J 

Tour Committee on Documents beg leave to make the following Roport, upon examination 

-of your papers. We find three queries : One from Mt. Zion, in Morgan— ono from lit. Aon, 

in Lawrence— one from New Prospect. We advise your body to roport them to a special com- 

atitte. for consideration. Wo find also several Chqrchos petitioning for letters of dismission 



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< iord.aiid 1 referred t6 n Cdmmittee, consisting of J bhaoklotord 
Houk, A. G. Owen, and said Committee to appoint Trustees to 
1 tecs whoso time ha9 just expired. • : » ; ■ »•*. <« » 

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to form a new Association in tho F,o»rtb;jDi'4tric,fc. Ik We advise that you grant their request. — 

Also, tho, Aut'och Church petitions the privilege to join tho North River Association. We 

advise togrnnt'her request also': -1 We are- happy to find that some Churches in our midst are 

. manifesting a spirit of ili-a-ous.. Wo call tho attention of the Association to the suggestion 

•«'6f ••Libert y. hntt'nlVn 'the proposition of' Mnttrtop. The kit of Mat S'nring Hill asks advice to 

,' know whether it will i.-.ntinuc'as a Church, or dis-nlve. We would suggest that she employ 

'•'anCffich.Tft RItubrtOT Ulilre^cW'fortlKJiA, and make suitable preparations for tho comfort of 

the black*, and mako it the duty of her preacher to give the necessary •instruction.* . All -of 

which is respectfully submitted.. - - * * ••••.-. •• M. FINNEY, 'Chairman. 

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, Appointed a Committee to examine queries, and report: M. A. Vorsor, J. Shacklefordj A. 
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The Report 1 df the* Presiddnt of the Female School, nt Moultom, was read by Elder Shaokle- 
rd.aud 1 referred t6 a Cdmmittee, consisting of J Shacklcford, C. Gibson, S. M. Fowlor, A. 

till the vacancies of those Trus- 

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.-Report ''of the President of ike Female School ot Moullon : ,'■ t\ti'i. 

i.. ;To!tpe Muscue SiioAi.s Association :— The Trustees of the Baptist Female Institute, at 
. Moultom'Alaliamav must respectfully submit the following as their Eighth Annual Report:*-— 
V Tho last Report of tho Trustees brings the history of the progress of the Institute up to the 
,2nd dayldf October,* 18,38.. Since, that da to, up to the uud of tho last Academic year, which 
terminated on the day of June, last, the School, with some diminution in the nuniber of 
Scholars in attendance, was conducted with its usual sucoo** atid usefulness. . The resignation 
of Prof. Shackelford, at iho end of'.thc Fall Session of last year, rendered it necessary for 
the Board to procure another Principal to. 'supply his place, and to re-organizp the Faculty of 
Teachers. To this ond, Prof. Asoutr 1). |Iua* was elected Principal, and th^ School during 
last Session was put under his-cOntrol, with Miss Lizzie Austin, us Assistant in the Literary 
Department, and. Miss Marietta Pkouty, :«;) ItiHtructrcs* in Musicj S.ince that Session ter- 
minated, the Board, notwithstanding they baveinade tiwo elections for that purpose, have un- 
. expeotedly not been able, thus .fan, to obtain the services of a competent and proper person to 
act as Principal of tbclo<stjtution f .and tho School has not been opened for the Fall Session of 
the present year, ii It is hoped ilbat noiscricus injury will ace'ruo lrom this delay. ,.,., .i'ij*. 

The Library of the Institute, an important siiwi valuable branch of its educational facilities, 
has been augmented by the donation of Twenty Volume.?, 6incc our last Report. It now con- 
tains Five Hundred and Sixty-eight Volumes, numbered in regular scries-, besides four other 
Volumes which are* duplicates, of sopic of the regular series,. and are not ;numbored. ; Of the 
..Volumoa thus added, thodion. Geckos S. HousTpy, member of Congress from this District, has 
'.Vgireni./i/te.'Wv the IIou. Benjamin Fitzi'atrick,. Senator ip Congress from this Stato, has giy- 
en four, and Thomas M. Peters one; making the whole number pf Books in tho; Library 
Fitia UundTtdiomi-.^enlij-tico. . ,„ . . .'. '••......■ •• ..]. il i, .':.: , \L 

.1. most respectfully beg to bojpermitted to direct the. serious, and earnest attention, of the 

..iAssocjatioo to tho financial affairs of tho Institute, It is not yet out of debt; and some of 

those, assertion: claims against.it nro unwilling longer to postpone a forccable collection. , < of 

their demands.' The Corporation has no treasury. — its moneys are kept in, the pockets of its 

/.friends, and of those who love learning and its glorious fruits. If these refuse their aid in 

its necessities,; its evil days will not be long in overtaking it. Shall we ory in vain for help ? 

-, Jnthis connexion* I most respectfully refer tho Association to our former Reports pn this 

head, and submit herewith, for their wise inspection, a dotpiled statement of the Finances of 

tho Corporation, and their administration hitherto, so far as the Board is at present informed. 

Tho Church at this place, in conjunction with the Trustees, have taken the necessary steps to 

furnish the Hall of tho Institute with proper soat3, that it may bo used, when needed, as a 

houso of worship, in accordance with tho permission granted by your reverend body. at their 

.:. last convention.. ,!• j ;;• ; ...i!- • ■ '•* • ' ' :: ; :''.''>„. :**"•'•""' '""' 

..s i The Board of Trustees} as at present organized, is composed of tho following persons,, who 
.»rc l named .in, sections for the years in which they wore appointed, to-wit:— Washington- A. 
u- Gilbert, James Streoter, Michael W. Maysj i.ud Asa Hodges, appointed in .1858...; Levi F. 



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Warren, James B. Speake, Amos Jarman, and William McKolvoy, appointed in 1857.. James 
Wise, Thomas M. Peters, and lliobard 0. Pickett, appointed in 185b' : .and Darius Lynch, and 
John Y. Shoemaker, appointed by the Board to till the vacancies occasioned by the resignations 
..of John N. Walker, and Christopher C. Gowin, who havo resigned sinaa tho last meeting- of 
the Association. The Officers ot the Board, nrq, Thomas M. Peters, President. Asa Hodges, * 

Secretary, and Richard O. Pickett, Treasurer. Those, Trustees who constitute tho section. 
appointed in 185G, and those appointed by tho Board to fill vacancies, will need to bo re-ap- % v 
pointed, or other persons should be elected to till their places. . j 

•■ AH which is most respectfully submitted. • •*'•'. ' ■»«:. ■«•'•■. •>* '. wo-: ' . ■. u \ 

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< i. Called for the Report of the Committee on Home Missions, which was read and adopted : • i • . 

v Mf, „', -;•' «». REPORT OK HOME MISSIONS. * ,'Y" , 'Jy H ' 

Your Committee on tho subject of Home Missions, beg leave to report: That after mature 'ji 

-deliberation, they havo arrived at the opinion, that the plan 6uggestca by the Missionary Mass 
Meeting, at Moulton, with some slight alteration, is tho best that this Association can adopt 
for the ensuing year. We herewith submit that plan, with the alteration which wo have » j 

made, and respectfully rccoinincud its adopt ion. We suggest that a committee of" five brothrcn 
be appointed by the Association, who shall constitute nu Executive Board ;' and' that 'this 
Board bo located at Moulton, it being tho most central point. LM; this Board be authorized to 
secure two or more men, such as they shall deem lit, to uct as Missionaries and Colporteurs 
for the next year, at a salary of not less than $1,000. If more than two can be secured,, let . ^ 

one of these be appointed to labor amongst the colored population. Bet this Board control 
tho Missionaries, so far as appointing their fields of labor, superintending their general work, 
.and dismissing them if thoy deem it proper und prudent. Let it he the duty of tho Board 
to report to the Association, at its annual session, the amount of funds received from tho 
^-Churches, and Collected by tho Missionaries for Missionary purposes within the bounds of the 
Association, and have such expended. Lot them also report the labors of encli Missiqnary, 
viz : The number of sermons preached, and exhortations delivered, persons baptised, churches , 
organized, days employed, nights traveled, bibles and books Bold, bibles, books and tracts 
given away, number.of families without bibles, or books of religious character. Let this 
Board procure biotas,- tracts, and denominational books, with money which frhall.be raised for 
that purpose, and let them divide these books between the Missionaries, who 6hall sell them 
at a reasonable per-centagc, and giveaway to such persons, as they shall deem proper if they 
are not able to buy. ■ Let the Board re-invest the money thus brought in by the sale of books, 
and in this way keep the Missionaries constantly supplied. Let the Missionaries who may be 
employed act also as Agents for the collection of funds. Let it be the duty of the Missionaries 
to visit all parts of the Association, and to preach at the various Churches, and destitute pla- 
ces within its limits,- and let them collect money and take up subscriptions for the support' of 
Missionary labor within the bounds of this Association. Let them also assist the Pastors of 
Churches in Protracted Meetings, and let it no understood that whatever money is given to 
them at those meetings, as a compensation for their labors, those amounts are to be counted 
with thoir other collections. Let the Missionaries report quarterly to the Executive Board an 
"account of all their operations, funds collected, amounts subscribed, sermons preached, exhor- 
tations delivered, persons baptized, churches organized, days employed, miles traveled, Bibles, 
Testaments, and Books sold, Bibles, Testaments, Tracts, and Books given away, families with- 
out a Bible, or Testament, or religious books of any kind. , 
. All of which is respectfully submitted. * '. • -1 ■ , > v 

M. A. VERSER, Cuairmak. , 

Appointed an Executive Board, consisting of C. Gibson, Z. F. Freeman; W. A. Gilbert/'!. 
N; Owen, J. Y, Shoemaker. ■ -i 

Moved, and carried, that we take a collection to purchase Books, to be sold by the Mission- 
aries, which resulted in the collection of $70 50, in cosh, and some $34 00,by subscription; ' 



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Called for the Report on District Meetings, which was read and received. 
Your Committee on District Meetings, beg leave to report the following i 
1st District —At Mt. Monah, Friday beforethe 3rd Sabbath in October, 1859 
' o j r t lS i nCt . t o."^"' Siltur,,a y bc ^re the 3rd Sabbath in May, 1860 
3rd District.— At Shilo, Friday before the 5th Sabbath in July 1800 
4th District.— At Good Hope, Friday before the 1st Sabbath in August, 1860 

M. A. VERSER, Chairmah.. 

w h<5 1 l° P °i t ?■ th ° Con \ mitie ? on temperance was read, and, after some discussion, the'fbK 
lowing Resolution was adopted, f> be spread upon the Minutes • ^bsiou, me roi 

Resolved, That we regard the traffic in ardent spirits, and the habitual use of ihera as a 
beverage, as a violation of the duties we owe as good citizens to the communUies in whTch we 
live, and an outrage upon the best and dearest interests of society, degrading to the moral and 
physical man, and disgraceful to a Christian profession ; and that we are i.f dcr the mosHm 
perat.vo obI,gat,ons to solely, and to the cause of Christ, to use all lair measures i> ™W 
city, as ci izens, and all the moral suasion which we may possess, as Christians to nut Snwn 
the traffic in ardent spirits, and their use as a beverage, ^ristians, to put down 

After Prayer by Elder Musgrove, adjourned to 2 o^clock. ,, . ' \ 



AFTERNOON SESSION. ^Prayer by Elder Mathis. 
Called th« > nauM» of Delegate., and marked absentees. 

to p^J&^Z?™*** "***** * *~* « ^™™. * 10 o'clock, b6 revested: 

A. HOUK, Chaibjcah. 
the Home and Foreign Journal. Election ot ^ w of that purpose> and ^ QQ for 

REPOR T ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

■greatest relief! "Faith come thy neTk'iZ ™S v ° h ^ he ? racle8 of Deit ? h °W out in the- 
mentof the Scriptures T^Z^^hJ^l^ 1 ** ™ d °! 0od '" » the aver ~ 
culated to call forth more feel inland transport „ A theme « onne u cte « with our work, cab 
Then arise from your loth^^?**?^* Sufe? *"*'• than r that * Foreign Missions!: 
ushered into the bl*k kSSS'JthSSlL r ™ «i S ^° D8 °u o«r Globe. Millions are- 
to the remissness of the members th duTh W < ? es P a . ,r ', wl ! lch is mainl 7 attributable- ' 
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Bibles-JEscs. Will y g u iid them bre hren ? Jv"^ ° f r^ * 1 ' *. for Preachors- 



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nnder the auspices of the "Foreign Missionary Board." We also recommend the efficiency 
■*s well as the usefulness of this Board in carrying out our Missionary operations. • 

Respectfully submitted. THOS. NICHOLSON, Cu'm'n Com*. 

The following Churches called for letters of dismission, viz : Rock Spring, Friendship, 
Harmony, Brown's Valley, Warrior Creek, Blountsville,„Mt. Tabor, Hopewell, Good Hope, 
Union, Arkadelphia, Blue Spring, Antioch, FlintCreek. 

On motion, adjourned to meet Monday morning, at 9 o'clock. < 

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SABBATH MORNING.- 1 - Quite a large congregation met at the stand, and was addressed 
in the forenoon by Elder Ball, from the great commission, "Go ye into all the world," &c, 
Ac. Elder Booth preached in the evening, en the sufficiency of God's grace for his poople. — 



We believe their labor was not in vain in the Lord. 



MONDAY MORNING— 9 o'clock— Prayer by Elder Strode. / ' ; ' '' . .. V ' 

Called for the report on queries, which was adopted, but not handed to tho Clerk. '". 
The Executive Board reported. The report was adopted : .' ' 

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD. ' . k> L 

The Executive Board, appointed by the Muscle Shoals Association, beg leave to submit the 
following: They held their first meeting at the Office of C. Gibson, in Moulton, on the 18th 
day of January, 1859, and received reports from M. A. Verse& J. K. Lynn, and J. R. Cagle. 
And it appearing to the satisfaction of tho Board that they had each labored two months a* 
Missionaries in the bounds of said Association, on motion, the Chairman was directed to give 
to each of them a draft on the Treasurer, for $50 00. On motion, the Committee adjourned, 
subject to the call of the Chairman. , 

Second Meeting. — At the request of C. Gibson, the Board met in Moulton, on the 17th of 
June, 1859, and, after some consultation, agreed to employ Brother Cagle three months, as 
there was no Missionary in the first and second Districts, and Brothers Verser, and Lynn, two 
months, in the third and fourth Districts — say, August and September- — and the Chairman to 
five them notice of the same. Adjourned to the call of the Chairman., 

. Third Meeting. — At the call of C. Gibson, the Board met in Moulton, on Saturday before 
the 5th Sabbath in July, 1859, and employed Brother Finney to ride as Missionary in tha 
west end of our bounds, until the sitting of the Association. The Board then adjourned. ' '- 

Your Committee would further state the reason why the Missionaries were not resumed the 
first of July, according to the resolution of tho Association. It was because of information 
from the Treasurer that the funds wcro less than anticipated, and no other pledges from the 
Churches had come in. We thought it unsafe to employ for three months, knowing the diffi- 
culty heretofore in raising the deficit at the Association. , . ■. t 
1 , All of which is respectfully submitted. 

C. GIBSON, Chairman. * 

'.Elder Ball was granted the floor to present his claims as Agent for Domestic and Indian 
Missions, and collected for that purpose $34 50. ( r . , r 

. Elder Strode was invited to take a scat in the Association, and also, E. H. Cogburn. 

* The Missionaries made the following reports: *'."' -, 

1 M. Finney reported : Miles Traveled, 115 ; Sermons, 39 ; Exhortations 9 ; Prayer-meotirigs,' 
12; Witnessed Baptisms, 26; Conversions, 20; Assisted in the Ordination of one Minister,' 
and three Deacon 8. ;. 

'J. R. Cagle reported : Days Engaged, 145 ; Miles Traveled 986 ; Sermons preached, '96 '• 
Exhortations Delivered, 45 ; Baptized, 13 ; Received of the Treasurer, $33 00. ' c " 

. M. A. Verser reported : Engaged, 4 months ; Preached Sermons, 59 ; Delivered Exhorta- 
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Witnessed 2- Baptisms; -Witnessed 79 . Conversions ; Ordained ,4 Deacons; Constituted 1 
Church; Reccivod of the Treasurer, $50.4)0. '••■• * • >'• ■ , - .•> :•„" »* 
J. K; Lynn reported : 4 Months Engaged ; Preached 107 Sermons ; Dclivored 62 Exhorta- 
tions ; Attended 3-4 Prayer-meetings ; Protracted Meetings ; Baptized 81 ; Witnessed 30 
Baptisms ; Witnessed 87 Conversions ; Assisted iu the Ordination of 1 Deacon \. Receivod of 
the Treasurer,- ^33 00.' 



The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported. ' Tho report was adopted: 

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BEPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS} 






The Committee, to "whom was referred tho subject, of Sabbath Schools, respectfully offer the 
following report : • . . , -. > . ■ 

'' We deem it almost unnecessary to pay any 'thing concerning tho importance' of Sabbath 
Schools. Their importance v und usefulness will be acknowledged by all. In them, the infant' 
mind is trained in tho nurture and ndmobition of tjio L r >rd. There, the seed is sown, which,' 
in after years, germinates and brings forth the peaceable fruits of righteousness. Experience , 
has demonstrated that more of our church members, particularly in our towns and cities, come 
from that class who have been instructed in the Sabbath School, than from those who havo 
had no euch instruction. It is, emphatically, the nursery of thq church,., ; ,- t H'-'fJi* 

It is a lamentable fact that oiir churches do not' tako that interest in tho organization of 
Sabbath Schools, that they Ought. %TJierc aTe but few churches, in our Association, that rogu- 
larly keep them up. Resolution after resolution has been passed by this body, recommending 
the formation of a Sabbath,, Srkooi iji each church; but puny of the churches havo passed . 
the resolutions by in silence, not even making an effort to establish a School. We cannot 
urgo too Mrougly upon tl»c ohurehoii the imj>"i Sauce and necessity of Sabbath Schools, and.of 
Baptist Sabbath School*, \v|)iu'c oiir children may be taught the whole truth, and whore theyi 
may 'receive.. that training which will make; I hem useful citizens, and consistent Christians.-rr, 
An entcrprizq so important,, and upon whi«ih hangs the destinies of thousands, of qur.raoc* 
should not he treatcd.M ith jijdiffcrcuco or neglect/ Let us then, brethren, put forth stronger 
exertions in this causa. . Let .iu havo Sabbath School* ju all our churches— Baptist Sabbath, 
Schools, if practicable — and ve would earnestly recommend tho Pastor of overy chqrch in tho, 
Association, to make aneavrt to organise a Sabbath School in his church, if there, is not aK 
ready one. .We. would also recommend the uso of Baptist books, whenever it is practicable^. 
Those books can now; bo oasily procured frotji our various publication sooiptic^, a.ftd Baptisfc 
publishing houses, ,. AU ofwhicb is. respectfully submitted. . ^ T /^ T . „;„,_._. * 

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The Committee ion thq report 'of thc'Prosidcn't'of tho Female School, at Moulton, repojtefk, 
The report vrns adopted. ; This report called forth an able speech from Brother, Gupp, . , ., 

Report of the 'Committee -on the Report of the Board of Trustees of the FcnwU I^tif¥fe : , , a 

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Your Committee, to whom was referred the Report of the Board of Trustees of the Female' t 

Institute, beg leave to report, that, in their opinion, the only way to pay the Institute oht of 

debt, -will be, 'to employ an Agent to collect funds, and obtain subscriptions for that purpose. 

Wo would therefore recommend that the Trustees be instructed to employ an Agent,, or. Agents, 

at such salaries as they shall deem proper, to collect funds, which aro tq bo,-apprpp"nate4.tflj 

the payment of the debts of ,thc Institute, f 1 • ' J • ' ' ■• '■ /"v'.j, 

We would also recommend that the Pastors pf Churchos be requested *0 P^sent the mjlgdct 

of the indebtedness of the Institute to their congregations, and, take, up subscri^twn.s, fqr $e 

liquidation of the samo. , •. ; , ' : 'j» I. -■ niiJf «"l 

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t ■ The Committee on Finance reported. The report was adopted. 

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'Money V fbr ilome Missions, 
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M. \f k MAYS, CmiRMnirf 

C '*lSE Owen appointed Treasurer for the Association. Adjourned to 2 o'clock. 

' AFTERNOON SESSION.— The Committee on'tho state of religion reported. The report 
was adopted. 



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triad some 8cem to say wc have Had iiiiimm prcavui ur — ■ »*««»■ ™j »»■ «■»'.- — - r— ; :f T ** 
Upon ihcXlc, wo arc hardly able to' say, whether religion, from Us fro, t*. i*on the advance 
or dec 1 no However, wc may safely'suy, .from what wc have heard, that it is on ho advance-, 
« there baa bcTnfaiUrful preaching ;',and, wo bdievc. that where the word'o truth goes 



A. W. NUNN, Chairman. 

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Called for the report of the Committee on Education. -The report was ^^fs*,,^ 
Your Committeceii Education, beg leave tosubmit the following Report : That having takerl 
the subject of Education under prayerful con-ideration, beg leave to stale, tint wo deem the 
cause of Education one -of - very high iinporUuiee, end that wc naturally look to the Christian 
world, as having devolved, upon it, its security and promotion ; aM a* a part, of the great 
family of-God, we, as a denomination, feel very deeply our responsibilities, and it becomes ua 

" y :. . .^.' .... i * ,.e ,\\i c .,..«,* «-«.i-l- \V« have to regret our backward-v 

same time, that there are in-"- 



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to bear out- pitt fin' tho advancement. of thir, great work. Wo 

new W the* subject heretofore, but are pleased to state, at the - 

creased and increasing interest (m-ij" *u%ot of Education U\ our.denonuiiat^^ . , 

We.bclievd that qorideritVatiui) and unity of effort, are, m all .thing* nwe*sary to.fnccBM, 
afifrthat Wife want ! of them .heretofore by the unadvised ..UftuMou of our efforts and.rncans, .Wr 
the multiplication; of fcW^eolS^'RrAtly retarded' the interests of education ; and, wo 
would 'espfceiallr'r'eeomincnd to the notice of our denomination, tho propriety, frt W-yWWP 
schools on liberal foundations, and of high grades, and relying upon those emanating lrom 
such nurseries of learning, to diffuse intelligence and refinement among us. It should never 
he forgotten, however, that all of cur school interests should lie carried on, in subserviency to 
the cause of Christ in our hands. Education should be to us a means, and not an end. In 
all our efforts in education, we should inquire what coon* will best promote the cause of 
Christ in our hands? Our efforts in education should be chiefly directed to the preparation 
of young men fir the Ministry. t?j.,»„»:«« « n ^ 

We recommend- to' the Association the propriety and importance of Female Education, and 
to rally around our Female Institute, at Moulton. All of which « r *^^Jy Ju ™ R " J» 

' . ■■ •■" . c. 

Moved that this Association open a correspondence with the Alabama Convention. Elder 

- J. Shackleford, Delegate. . " . , -_ 

Tho Churches are requested to report to the next Association all tho moneys they pay tor 

benevolent purposes. > 

Ordered that 1000 copies of tho Minutes be printed. 

Resolved, -That wo tender our thanks to the Brethren of Mt. Pisgah, and tho citizen*. of 



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that community, for tho kind and hospitable treatment they gave the Delegates during the 
Association. 

Moved and carried that tho Muscle S'loals Association open a 'correspondence with tho 

Tennessee River Association, ii: L. B.\>'v:i, M. A. Varser, Delegates. Brother Brjwa to 

write. "i i 

1 The Raport of the Treasurer was read and receive!. 

Your Treasurer begs leave to Report tho following : 

Minute fund last year, 

Cash on hand, 

Deduct worthless bills, 

« ' " Cash sent up by Churchoj, 

Collected on Sabbath, 

Book fund, 



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$151 85 




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33 00 




104 00 



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Collected of Brother Wallace, 



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By amount paid Brother Finney, 

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Appointed Distributing Agents, an follows: 
1st District, O. W. IlAnasT. 

2nd " A. G. Ovve.v. 

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Jiesolecd, That we tender our thanks to the Clerk, and allow him tho Usual fee. 
* The business of tho Association vat thus harmoniously transacted. The parting hyma 
▼as sung, and tho hand extended by tho Delegatus Piuycr by Elder J. Shackleford. 

» J. GUtfN, Moo«SATOb 

W. W. Wiuuti, Cuss. 



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CHURCHES. 

'District No. 1. 

Tuscnnilia, 
Evening SLado, 
Macedonia, 
Mt. Mori ah, 
Hurp Spring. 
Cherry Hill, 
D .mean's Creek, 
Uiiior, 

RitsscI Valley, 
B«ar Creek. 
District No. 2. 
New Prospect, 
Bethel, 

Mt. Pleasant, * 
Couriland,- 
Liberty. 
Town Creek, 
Harmony Grove, 
Enon, 
Moutton, 
New Hope, 
Okalonn, 
Salem, in Law., 
Pleasant Grove, 
Antinch, 

Mt. Zion, in Law., 
New Prospect, 
Bluff Spring, 
Rock Creek, 
District No. 3. 
Hopewell. inMor., 
Mt. Pisgah, ..i 
Spring Hill, .... 
Decatur, ; 

.Shoal Creek, ■. 
Pleasant Hill, " 
tEliut Creek, Dis., 
Blue Spring, Dis., 
Shilo, s. _ 

Salem, in Mnr., . 
Mt. Zion, in Mor., 
Lebanon, 
Macedonia, in Win 
Friendship, in Mot 
Bethlehem,- 
Concord, 

District No. 4. 

Hopewell, in lil't, 
Mt. Taboo r, 
Brown's Valley, 
Good Hope? y 
Rlountsville, 
Harmony, ' **" , 
Arkadclphia, * 
Union, 
Bock Spring, 
Warrior Crock, 



BI ESGENGERS. 



P.. Elicit, 

M. Finney, 

A. Landorsj) , 

Letter, * 

N» Letter, 

Letter. 

No Letter, 

No Letter, 

W. AV. Pcerson, 

J. R. Ca-le, J,. B. Bird, 

E. A. BurroN,* 

W. A. Nosinith, D. C. Kent, Wm. Balch, 

P. II. Mavs. 

J. Shack!e r ord, M. W. Mays, A. 0. Owen, 

E. It. Stanley, S. M. Fowler, 

T. Green, P. J. Craig, 

No Letter, 

C. UiWson, J. B. Speak. J. Milam, m 

I. N. O.ven, W, A. Gilbert, 

II. II. Crow, • ' 
No Letter, , 

1$. Rodon. 

W. Ireland, W. Spain, 

L'ltte*, 

Letf-r. ..... 

(J. Norwood, 

C. M. Johnston, G. Tnmcr, T.Johnston, 
S. Eaton, C. Long, T.'W. Baker, 

A. W. Nunn, N.'Sandlin. S.B. Humphreys, 

J. Burleson, II. Reeves, J. Civtly, 

W. J. Thompson. . • , 

J. Gunn, T. Nicholson", A. Houk, 

J. C. Halbrook. A. Ratliff, 

D. Gregory, J. R/ Andcnton, 
J. K. Lynn, J. Holmes, C. li. Wilhito, 
.1. Weaver, W. C. IVnson, 
A, Tapscott, S. N. Reeves, TV. narwood, 
Xa Letter, 

W. W. AVilhite, J. Tapscott, C. L. Wilhitc, 
I. Williams, J. P. Wilhitc, J. L. Orr, 
Xo Letter, 
Letter. 

T. M. Rnnsom, J. Lipscomb, W.D. Williams 
M. A. Verscr, 0. D. Williams, 

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R. M. Stephens, J. E J wards, B. F. Loveless, 
W. H. Musgrove, D. W. Fowler, 
O. Fowler, J. W. Williams, 
H. S. Harris, J. J. Gentry, N. A. Livingston 
Letter, 

J. Fields, II. Cornelius, 
liCttcr, 

A. Burns, J. Martin, L. Ballard, 
G. L. Brown, i 

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Tuscunibia, - 

Evening Shade,. » 
Macedonia,' . ' . 
Mount Moriah 
Cherry Hill, . ; 
Jlusse! Valley, 
New prospect, , 

Sear Crock, 
cthel, 

Mount Pleasant, 

(Court land, 

Jbibcrty,. 

Town Crook, 

Enon, 

M ou 1 ton, i 

Newhope, ; 

Pleasant Grove, 

An tioch, , % . . 

Mount Zion, , 

New Prospect, 

Bluff Spring, 

Rook Creek# "' 

Hopewoll, in Morgan, 

Mount Pisgah, . " | 

Decatur,, . . "... ; 
f Shoal Creek," 

Plea-ant Hill, f :. 

Snilo,. - 
« Mi. ; Zion, in Morgan, 

Leliniiou, , 

Ffifii&!tiip t ,in Morgan, 

Be; hi oh em, 

Codcovd, *•'•.' 

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Second, 

Third, 

Fourth, 

Third* 

Third, 

Second, 

Fourth, - 

Third, 

Fourth, 

Third, 

Fourth, 

Third, 

Second, 

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PASTORS. 



J. Gunn, 

M. Finney, 

J. C. Huberts, 

W. II. Uiyon, 

. J. R. Caglc, 

J. C. Huberts, 



T. S. Carson, 

J. Shack lelbrd, 

J. Shackleibrd, ' 

J. Shack lelbrd, 

J. C. Roberts, 

W.-W. Wilhitc, 

J. Gunn, 

P. II. Mays, 

J. P. Craig, * 

J. 11. Cagle, - 

' J. R. Cuglo, 

O. Larcnce, 

J. R, Caglo, 

J. R. Caglo, 

J. Gunn, 

J. Gunn, 

T. Nicholson, 

M. A. Verscr, 

W. J. Thompson, 

J. K. Lynn, 

W.W. Wilhitc, 

W. W. Wilhitc, 

W. Right, 
M. A. Verscr, 
M. A. Verscr, 



POST OFFICE. 



Decatur, .* ■ 
Russelville. 

Russelville, .'.'.,'* 

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Landcrsville, 

Thorn Hill; f 

Kenlock, . '.'. 

Avoca, , '.'. 

Leighton, '\ 

Coartland, 

Landcrsville, '. 

Cedar Plains, J 

Decatur, ; 



Renlock, , 

Danville, 

Kenlock, ' 

Houston, 

Decatur, 

Decatur, • •? 

Decatur, . .; - 
Somerville, 

Decatur, ■ ■ 
' Mount Alvis, ; 
Codar Plains, !,';" 
Codar Plains, ' r 



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